St James College, Brisbane Global Competitors – And Winning

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Students at St James College, Brisbane have been demonstrating how they are global competitors that are gaining experience in how to be citizens of the world.

The principal of the college, Ann Rebgetz talked about some of the recent competitions their students have participated in.

“The first one was our students participated in the World Scholar’s Cup in Sydney,” Principal Rebgetz said in the video above.

“The second aspect of our cultural achievements over the weekend was our students participated in the Queensland Catholic Music Festival…

“Thirdly, a special voice – one of our students also won the Queensland Poetry Competition for schools, and in so doing, he wrote his own poem, he actually voiced the poem, he did it in a way that was extremely expressive, and he won the competition.

“The important part of that is that it takes our students to being global, of sharing the experiences with other students from other countries at a personal level.

“So as far as culturing and nurturing diplomacy across the world, this was one step to making connections.”

A team from the college has also qualified to travel overseas, and compete at the World Scholar’s Cup Tournament of Champions at Yale University.

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Read the St James College Principal’s update TRANSCRIPT

Ann Rebgetz: We had a great example of three major achievements in global learning.

The first one was our students participated in the World Scholar’s Cup in Sydney. To qualify for the cup, you had to go into the regional rounds, and this is a four day competition. Our students had a day of debating, a day of writing, of answering questions, over 130 questions, of competing against other schools in teams, and a day of celebration with other schools from 28 different countries from around the world. A very exciting event. Our students all won their debates, not all of the debates for some, but they won against many, many groups from very articulate countries, so we’re thrilled with that.

The second aspect of our cultural achievements over the weekend was our students participated in the Queensland Catholic Music Festival, and our college choir achieved a silver medal status. That was fantastic because this is the first time they’ve been in that competition, and they’re a choir of multicultural voices, of global voices, and so, again, it was epitomising what we stand for at St James, a college of global learning, of achieving aspirations.

Thirdly, a special voice. One of our students also won the Queensland Poetry Competition for schools, and in so doing, he wrote his own poem, he actually voiced the poem, he did it in a way that was extremely expressive, and he won the competition. So we were feeling very proud of all of the cultural achievements of our college after this weekend, which I call the weekend of the voice.

The important part of that is that it takes our students to being global, of sharing the experiences with other students from other countries at a personal level. So as far as culturing and nurturing diplomacy across the world, this was one step to making connections. As our future world is about connectivity, we feel that we’re now placing our students to do that, and in terms of a voice, whether it’s the individual voice or the team voice, it’s so important to have that voice, so that, in nurturing leadership in the future, you bring your cultural background and context to a global context and feel confident about taking that step.

So, thank you. It’s been wonderful to share these updates of our students’ achievements and their experiences and successes, why they love being part of St James College, and in the future, we will have some great news that we have … are learning about shortly, so please stay tuned for that update.